April 2021 Comic Solicitations

January 22, 2021 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, IDW, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Marvel and IDW have released their comic solicitations for April 2021. Here’s the Star Wars rundown.

Doctor Aphra #9
Writer: Alyssa Wong
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Cover Artists: Joshua “Sway” Swaby, Ray-Anthony Height (variant cover)

LOST TECH! CRIME SYNDICATES! ASSASSINS! DOCTOR APHRA and SANA STARROS’ search for the NIHIL HYPERDRIVE gets deadlier as GENERAL VUKORAH and THE UNBROKEN CLAN enter the race for possession! • What powerful secrets of the HIGH REPUBLIC era could the lost technology hide? Meanwhile, JUST LUCKY and an old flame are forced to work together — and walk straight into an ambush!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: April 21, 2019

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – The 40th Anniversary Covers by Chris Sprouse #1
Penciller: Chris Sprouse
Cover Artists: Chris Sprouse and Noriyoshi Ohari

You’ve never seen Empire quite like this! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the all-time great cinematic sequels, Marvel asked enthusiastic artist Chris Sprouse (BLACK PANTHER, THORS) to retell The Empire Strikes Back in a stunning series of variant covers! Month by month, across multiple Star Wars series, the film’s unforgettable moments played out through Sprouse’s exquisite artwork. Now the whole story of the resurgent Empire targeting the Rebel Alliance’s icy base on Hoth — and every momentous event that follows — is collected in a single celebratory issue! Bounty hunters target Han Solo! Luke Skywalker seeks out Jedi Master Yoda! Feelings run high between Han and Leia! And as the battle begins for Skywalker’s soul, will his fear lead to anger, hate and the Dark Side?

Details: 56 pages, Rated T, $5.99
Release Date: April 28, 2021

Darth Vader #11
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Cover Artist: Aaron Kuder, Chris Sprouse (ESB variant)

EXEGOL UNLEASHED! As punishment for his rebellion, DARTH VADER was broken by THE EMPEROR, his limbs shattered, forbidden to use THE FORCE. But after surviving OCHI OF BESTOON, THE EYE OF WEBBISH BOGG and the horrors of THE RED NEBULA, Vader stands on the verge of uncovering the Emperor’s greatest secrets. But will the revelations on EXEGOL empower Vader — or his master? And what new doom awaits LUKE SKYWALKER as a result?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: April 28, 2021

Bounty Hunters #11
Writer: Ethan Sacks
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Cover Artist: Mattia De Iulis, Chris Sprouse (ESB variant)

THE GREAT HUNT OF MALASTARE! BOSSK awakens to find himself as the hunted instead of the hunter on the forest planet of MALASTARE. But who is the mysterious figure behind the hunting party stalking the infamous TRANDOSHAN? A special solo adventure starring the most savage bounty hunter of all!

Details: 32 Pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

The High Republic #4
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Ario Anindito
Cover Artists: Phil Noto, Leinil Francis Yu (variant cover), Natacha Bustos (variant cover)

THE JEDI TURNED AGAINST EACH OTHER?! AVAR KRISS and her band of brave JEDI helpless in the clutches of a traitor in their midst. STARLIGHT BEACON under attack from an insidious foe. Danger from an age-old enemy. Who is really pulling the strings on the distant planet of SEDRI? Plus: The secret history of the terrifying DRENGIR revealed.

Details: 32 Pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: April 7, 2021

Star Wars Adventures #8
Writers: Sam Maggs, Danny Lore
Artists: Liana Kangas, Arianna Florean
Cover Artists: Francesco Francavilla (Cover A and B/W Variant Cover), Arianna Florean (Cover B)

The Empire has been defeated, but that doesn’t mean that the danger is over for Luke and Leia, who find themselves in a tricky situation that they have to work together to get out of! Plus, Count Dooku has sinister plans for a Clone troop!

Details: 32 pages, $3.99

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New Release: ‘Doctor Aphra #7’

January 20, 2021 at 11:39 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has one new Star Wars release today.

Doctor Aphra #7

Writer: Alyssa Wong
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Cover Artist: Sway

THE OFFER! Hired by DOMINA TAGGE, APHRA sets her sights on a mysterious piece of tech that could shift the balance of the galactic civil war. Her hunt takes her to CORELLIA… and to SANA STARROS’ doorstep! But Aphra’s not the only one on Corellia with an eye on the tech…!

Details: Rated T, $3.99

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NYT Bestsellers List: ‘Light of the Jedi’ & ‘A Test of Courage’

January 14, 2021 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Books, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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New Release: ‘Darth Vader #9’

January 13, 2021 at 2:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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One new Star Wars comic out today.

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Cover Artist: Aaron Kuder

THE ASSASSIN RETURNS! In his search for vengeance in the depths of MUSTAFAR, DARTH VADER has seized the mysterious key to the EMPEROR’S greatest secret. But the key itself needs a key – which only the deadly assassin OCHI OF BESTOON seems to have. Vader and Ochi are in for the fight of their lives with the fate of the Emperor in the balance – but how much of this is all PALPATINE’S plan? And what happens when the SITH LORD and the SITH ASSASSIN start to figure that plan out?

Details: Rated T, $3.99

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Book Review: ‘A Test of Courage’ by Justina Ireland

January 12, 2021 at 7:09 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland is a brand new middle grade novel in The High Republic series from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. It was released in January 2021. 

Middle grade is a difficult genre to write in Star Wars. Star Wars books are known for epic battles, difficult philosophical questions, and references galore. Middle grade books just don’t do that. Mostly because they are aimed at a much younger audience (the publisher’s suggested age range is 8-12), but also because they are naturally shorter. Middle grade books are more the length of an adult novella, and while they have tremendous value to literature, they just are more difficult for me to get into. A Test of Courage is no different.

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Podcasts in Review

January 8, 2021 at 1:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here’s this week’s Podcasts in Review, starting with the top five and any honorable mentions, then moving on to the full reviews.

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Brews and Blasters Episode 280
  2. Podcast Stardust Episode 193
  3. Brews and Blasters Episode 279
  4. Comic Book Noob Cheetah
  5. Podcast Stardust Episode 201

Honorable Mentions

  1. Obroa-skai Walkers Republic Commando: Triple Zero – “Omega Squad: Targets” and Prologue – Chapter 2
  2. Podcast Stardust Episode 196
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Review: ‘Light of the Jedi’ by Charles Soule

January 7, 2021 at 6:59 am | Posted in Books, Random House, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Light of the Jedi is a first taste of The High Republic, the new publishing initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm. The project spans several multimedia forms, including novels, comics, and the upcoming Disney Plus scripted program The Acolyte. The High Republic brings up to a time period previously unexplored by any Star Wars literature, including the non-canon Expanded Universe – 200 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga. A Star Wars publishing project of this magnitude has not been attempted since the days of the New Jedi Order – the early 2000’s. Thankfully, Light of the Jedi is a solid introduction to a new era of Star Wars, and captures everything that made us fall in love with the Jedi.

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New Releases: ‘The High Republic #1’ & ‘Star Wars #10’

January 6, 2021 at 7:27 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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The High Republic is kicking off in comics today.

Star Wars: The High Republic #1

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Ario Anindito
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

BEFORE THE SKYWALKER SAGA! THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE JEDI! A new era of STAR WARS storytelling begins. It is centuries before the SKYWALKER SAGA. The JEDI are at their height, protecting the galaxy as REPUBLIC pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic STARLIGHT BEACON, PADAWAN KEEVE TRENNIS faces the ultimate choice – will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster? New Jedi! New ships! New evils to fight!

Details: Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars #10 (2020)

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Jan Bazaldua
Cover Artist: Carlo Pagulayan

OPERATION STARLIGHT, PART 2 (OF 3)” – REELING FROM THE LOSS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN, THE REBELS FINALLY SEE A PATH FORWARD! THE REBELS attempt to create a new communications code that THE EMPIRE will never be able to crack, in hopes that they might be able to safely reunite their scattered fleet and rejoin the fight. However, the code has a cost, one that LANDO CALRISSIAN is not willing to pay! Meanwhile, STARLIGHT SQUADRON, the group of elite pilots tasked with finding the scattered divisions of the fleet, heads out on its first deadly mission.

Details: Rated T, $3.99

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New Releases: ‘Light of the Jedi’, ‘A Test of Courage’ & ‘The Great Jedi Rescue’

January 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Three new Star Wars books out today!

Official product link for Light of the Jedi

Official product link for The Great Jedi Rescue

Official product link for A Test of Courage

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The High Republic Launch Event

January 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, IDW, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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